Category: Ask Larry

“Ask Larry” January Edition

Dear Larry, Did you get to keep the motorcycle from the show? Chris Missouri Chris, No I did not keep the police motor from CHIPS but Erik Estrada did.  Kawasaki gave me lots of other motorcycles, like the dirt bikes and the Z1R and BMW loaned my 4 or 5 motorcycles for a 6 month period.  Presently I have only dirt bikes and a Quad.  See the yellow BMW which is a great bike. Dear Larry, In a previous column, you mentioned you no longer keep horses. Do you miss them? Tina Cincinnati, OH Tina, I have had many horses and have enjoyed them.  I had Arabs, Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds and Warm Bloods.  My wife rode jumpers and I roped and road cutting horses.  I enjoyed the quiet time of brushing and rubbing their legs with asorbine junior and other liniments.  Sure I miss them and their companionship but I do not miss cleaning the horse stalls and the horse shoer and the Vet bills.  It was a nice indulgent luxury.  I feel so sad that people send their horses to the slaughter houses though.  Some of the owners know it and some are told they are taking them to a ranch….and in the end are just slaughtered.  Really SAD.  I think the horse is a metaphor for trust and vulnerability and how one deals with that is reflective. ...

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“Ask Larry” December Edition

Dear Mr. Wilcox, When the fire department would arrive on the show they looked like the vehicles from Emergency! Were they? Thanks Mr. Wilcox, Michael in Indianapolis, Indiana Michael – no at a studio which is like a small town, the transportation department has all of this stuff and if they do not, they simply rent one for the day and hire actors. Dear Larry, Do you have any plans to start acting again? Chris in Missouri Chris…I have mixed opinions depending on the day.  First, some fear plays in my decision making process, and I have to try and maintain some vigilance of denial and transference if you will.  For example I know that there is very limited need for an older actor as the market is teens.  Therefore, I can take rejection in doses but not sure I want to dance with it 9 out of 10 times. I am also very encumbered with the baggage of being on Radar as a celebrity as the media and often police or regulatory agencies do their own chest pounding and Public Relations by talking about the big fish they CAUGHT when in many cases it is pure rhetoric and PR.  I do not want to waste time with that exchange of bad energy if you will and even though I know that I walk the talk of integrity, I...

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“Ask Larry” Veterans Day Edition

  Larry is a proud Marine veteran who served in Vietnam. This month he has written a special Veteran’s Day edition of his column in addition to the regular one. He answers reader’s questions about Vietnam, today’s wars, his service, and more. It is a very special read. Hope you enjoy! ______________________________________ Dear Larry, At what age did you join the Marines? Melanie, UK Melanie, I joined the marines at 19 years of age. Dear Larry, I know you are a veteran and I was wondering how you felt about the recent announcement that all troops are finally going to be removed from Iraq and what your feelings about that war and the one in Afghanistan are? David, Cedar Rapids, IA David, I am very excited for all of them to get home as soon as possible. I am suspicious of marketing, conditioning, of parades and July 4th, and the wonderful sacrifice that we are to get in line to so we can give our lives for our country. Hmmm…… Hi Mr. Wilcox, In recognition of Veteran’s day this month, I wanted to ask about your military service. Why did you choose the Marines over the other branches of the military? Was there any aspect of your time in the Marines that you particularly enjoyed? Although he died 10 years before I was born, President Kennedy and his presidency...

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“Ask Larry” November Edition

Larry, I hope you had a Happy Halloween. I have a question about the gloves that Jon wore. Why did Jon have different motorcycle gloves than everybody else? I do understand the country boy wearing his horse riding gloves but he was not a renegade. He was a follow the book type of policeman. And were they more comfortable that regular leather motorcycle gloves? Because the regular gloves that everyone else wore were the basic black gloves for motorcycles back in the 70s and even now I still see that style out there. Sincerely, Nancy There was really no magic to my gloves. The real CHP officer that my character was patterned after was a handsome guy named Robert Hayden and he rode the motorcycle in the opening titles on the freeways with his tan gloves. He was also the Defence Tactical Teacher at the Academy and I would guess that is where the baton came from. Last, in picture making you always want some visual differentiators if the actors are covered with the same clothes and a HELMET. So anything like a baton or color of gloves help with distinguishing such characters, notwithstanding, the obvious……………the TEETH. LOL Dear Larry, Love your column! I have a question about the clothes on the show. When a scene called for Jon and Ponch to be out of uniform, I noticed a...

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“Ask Larry” October Edition

Welcome to my new column! Each month I will answer your questions, and I am looking forward to it. I deeply appreciate the loyalty and support you’ve shown all these years and I hope to meet you all at the CHiPs gathering next year here in Los Angeles. God Bless!  -Larry **************** Dear Mr. Wilcox, I am a big fan of “CHiPs” and was hoping you could tell me the type of Smith and Wesson revolver that you used on the show. Please help with any information you can provide. Sincerely, Myles Barrett Hi Myles! We had in our holsters a hard rubber gun and sometimes a hard metal gun with the barrel sealed and no firing pin.  I enjoyed shooting at target ranges the 38 personally.   Dear Larry,  1.      Why are the bottoms of the uniform a different color/shade than the tops in CHiPs?   Hi Laura,  Different fabrics.  The pants were kind of a stretchy material like football pants.  The shirts were more of a cotton linen.  The pants were quite hot and made you and your legs sweat a lot.  The shirts had a piece of material sewed on to the back of the shirt which you pulled through your crotch and then buttoned the shirt to this flap….we called a diaper.  That made the shirt stay tight to supposedly give better “lines” to the...

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